A natural river valley encompassing a river with oxbow lakes, alluvial beaches, riverine forest, natural ponds, wet meadows and marshes, dry meadows and bushy heathlands.
This is an important site for breeding and wintering waterbirds, passage raptors, and Grus grus. The site is a migratory bottleneck, where more than 3,000 raptors regularly pass (including Milvus migrans 2,000; Milvus milvus 1,000).
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Val d'Allier : Saint-Yorre-Joze. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 09/08/2020.